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Cats are very close companions to humanity, but are they truly domesticated? According to the "Our Cats" program, being allowed to love them is enough.

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"Fancy Cats Vs Garden Variety Cats"



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The notion of the domesticated cat is based on a fallacy. Dogs can be domesticated. So, can horses, pigs, some birds, some plants, cows, and ferrets. According to the National Geographic Society, "Domestication is the process of adapting wild plants and animals for human use." The dog partnered with ancient man as a hunting partner, the horse was tamed for riding, pigs, cows, chickens, and several kinds of grass, fruits, and vegetable plants were adapted from wild stock to serve as food for mankind. There is a theory which says that cats were domesticated as a form of pest control when grain crops began to flourish in the Nile Basin. However, cats hunt for their own pleasure, not at the whim of a supposed master. A ferret or a small dog can be trained to hunt rodents to earn a reward from their masters, but if a cat does not feel like hunting, it will simply groom itself until the frustrated human walks away.

Biologists debate whether the relationship between man and Felis catus is one of mutualism where two species live together and both organisms benefit or one of commensalism where only one of the organism's benefit. If the relationship truly is based on commensalism, then it should be noted that man is the one receiving the greater benefits. Sure, people provide cats with food and shelter from predators, but these are things which a cat can and will find for herself. Cats are sometimes elusive when sharing their affection but they are usually happy to allow a human to heap affection upon them, and having something to love, whether or not that love is returned, is basic to human happiness.

During the first half of the 1950's, KFOX in Southern California featured a local program called Our Cats, hosted by Guy Bogart. Bogart was born in Iowa, 1883, and according to his obituary, " was a Reporter, Poet, Book Critic, Political Activist, Politician, and ardent cat lover." The Friday afternoon program featured Bogart editorializing an issue of interest to cat lovers, including preventing cruelty, population control of feral cats, writings about cats, the difficulty of photographing cats, and the silly notion of taxing cats and cat owners. A regular feature of the program was a poem about cats, either from Bogart's own writing or his correspondence. Bogart cultivated a network of cat experts who contributed to the show.

Our Cats was presented with the same degree of love and affection for our feline pals as we see in the countless cat videos on modern social media, but with a good deal more dignity, both for the cats and the humans they live with. As Mr. Bogart closed his programs, here's wishing you "happy purrs".

See also: Cat Collection

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      22 shows - total playtime 5 hours 0 minutes
      1. Our Cats 531120 0150 Cat Postcards And Photographs.mp3
      2. Our Cats 531127 0151 Animal Birth Control.mp3
      3. Our Cats 531204 0152 Animal Photography Pt1 Clara Faulkner.mp3
      4. Our Cats 531212 0153 Animal Photography Pt2 Clara Faulkner.mp3
      5. Our Cats 531218 0154 Short Stories About Cats.mp3
      6. Our Cats 531225 0155 Christmas Day Program.mp3
      7. Our Cats 540101 0156 Thoughts On Antivivisection.mp3
      8. Our Cats 540108 0157 Commemorating Start Programs 4th Year.mp3
      9. Our Cats 540115 0158 Defense Of Cats.mp3
      10. Our Cats 540122 0159 Our Humans As If Spoken By Cat.mp3
      11. Our Cats 540129 0160 10 Cmdmnt Are For All Higher Creatures.mp3
      12. Our Cats 540205 0161 Dont Like Cats By Hugh Robert Orr.mp3
      13. Our Cats 540212 0162 Odds And Ends About Cats.mp3
      14. Our Cats 540219 0163 Fancy Cats Vs. Garden Variety Cats.mp3
      15. Our Cats 540226 0164 Little Grey Alley Cat Poem.mp3
      16. Our Cats 540305 0165 More Talk About Alley Cats.mp3
      17. Our Cats 540312 0166 Articles About Cats From Newspapers.mp3
      18. Our Cats 540319 0167 Writings By Alan Devol.mp3
      19. Our Cats 540326 0168 National Cat Week.mp3
      20. Our Cats 540402 0169 Karen Spangler Child.mp3
      21. Our Cats 540409 0170 Readings From Elizabeth Cotesworth.mp3
      22. Our Cats 540416 0171 Readings From Cats Magazine.mp3
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    22 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50
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      22 shows - total playtime 5 hours 0 minutes
      1. Our Cats 531120 0150 Cat Postcards And Photographs.mp3
      2. Our Cats 531127 0151 Animal Birth Control.mp3
      3. Our Cats 531204 0152 Animal Photography Pt1 Clara Faulkner.mp3
      4. Our Cats 531212 0153 Animal Photography Pt2 Clara Faulkner.mp3
      5. Our Cats 531218 0154 Short Stories About Cats.mp3
      6. Our Cats 531225 0155 Christmas Day Program.mp3
      7. Our Cats 540101 0156 Thoughts On Antivivisection.mp3
      8. Our Cats 540108 0157 Commemorating Start Programs 4th Year.mp3
      9. Our Cats 540115 0158 Defense Of Cats.mp3
      10. Our Cats 540122 0159 Our Humans As If Spoken By Cat.mp3
      11. Our Cats 540129 0160 10 Cmdmnt Are For All Higher Creatures.mp3
      12. Our Cats 540205 0161 Dont Like Cats By Hugh Robert Orr.mp3
      13. Our Cats 540212 0162 Odds And Ends About Cats.mp3
      14. Our Cats 540219 0163 Fancy Cats Vs. Garden Variety Cats.mp3
      15. Our Cats 540226 0164 Little Grey Alley Cat Poem.mp3
      16. Our Cats 540305 0165 More Talk About Alley Cats.mp3
      17. Our Cats 540312 0166 Articles About Cats From Newspapers.mp3
      18. Our Cats 540319 0167 Writings By Alan Devol.mp3
      19. Our Cats 540326 0168 National Cat Week.mp3
      20. Our Cats 540402 0169 Karen Spangler Child.mp3
      21. Our Cats 540409 0170 Readings From Elizabeth Cotesworth.mp3
      22. Our Cats 540416 0171 Readings From Cats Magazine.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    22 recordings on 5 Audio CDs
    total playtime 5 hours, 0 min

    Our Cats Disc A001

    1. Our Cats 531120 0150 Cat Postcards And Photographs
    2. Our Cats 531127 0151 Animal Birth Control
    3. Our Cats 531204 0152 Animal Photography Pt1 Clara Faulkner
    4. Our Cats 531212 0153 Animal Photography Pt2 Clara Faulkner
    5. Our Cats 531218 0154 Short Stories About Cats

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    Our Cats Disc A002

    1. Our Cats 531225 0155 Christmas Day Program
    2. Our Cats 540101 0156 Thoughts On Antivivisection
    3. Our Cats 540108 0157 Commemorating Start Programs 4th Year
    4. Our Cats 540115 0158 Defense Of Cats
    5. Our Cats 540122 0159 Our Humans As If Spoken By Cat

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    Our Cats Disc A003

    1. Our Cats 540129 0160 10 Cmdmnt Are For All Higher Creatures
    2. Our Cats 540205 0161 Dont Like Cats By Hugh Robert Orr
    3. Our Cats 540212 0162 Odds And Ends About Cats
    4. Our Cats 540219 0163 Fancy Cats Vs. Garden Variety Cats
    5. Our Cats 540226 0164 Little Grey Alley Cat Poem

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    Our Cats Disc A004

    1. Our Cats 540305 0165 More Talk About Alley Cats
    2. Our Cats 540312 0166 Articles About Cats From Newspapers
    3. Our Cats 540319 0167 Writings By Alan Devol
    4. Our Cats 540326 0168 National Cat Week

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    Our Cats Disc A005

    1. Our Cats 540402 0169 Karen Spangler Child
    2. Our Cats 540409 0170 Readings From Elizabeth Cotesworth
    3. Our Cats 540416 0171 Readings From Cats Magazine

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